Laura Graves and Verdades Thrive on EquiOtic™ - Horses Need Probiotics too

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Posted by Mary Phelps


Laura Graves and Verdades at the Alltech FEI World Equestrain Games Normandy  Photo: © Mary Phelps 2014

Laura Graves and Verdades at the Alltech FEI World Equestrain Games Normandy  Photo: © Mary Phelps 2014

When Laura Graves and Verdades first shipped to Europe to train with the team in Belgium after their winning performance at the 2014 US Dressage National Championships, Doug Froh, managing director for EquiOtic™ a live sourced microbial probiotic for horses, sent her the product to try. "I wasn't expecting to see a difference. "Diddy" had been a little high strung and had become very attached to the other horses after his first flight. Within 45 minutes of giving him the EquiOtic™ Boost, he was himself, quiet, eating and resting. I've been a believer ever since. All of my horses are on Equiotic™. When stress is high we double the dose. We keep our feeding and supplementing regimens simple but of the highest quality. EquiOtic™ fits right in!"

"The best thing about EquiOtic™," adds Graves,"is the fact that it is derived from real equine bacteria. There is nothing more natural than that."


"Doug Froh also shipped me the product to try, for my combined driving ponies, Al Capony, Bugsy Maloney and Kimba." said HorsesDaily's Mary Phelps. "Al especially gets the runs whenever we ship, or when the pressure is on. They are very hot little ponies which works great in the marathon, but has been our challenge in dressage. When I got back to Florida this winter, my trainer, USEF Driving Team coach Thorston Zarembowitz noticed a big difference in their way of going and asks me 'who is your vet' with a laugh. When I told him about the product he was all ears, and kept asking me more about it. We have seen a change in their bodies too, as their dapples are beginning to emerge after their Florida body clipping."

What Veterinarians are saying:

Why Should the Healthy Horse be Fed the Immunoprobiotic EquiOtic?

Andris J. Kaneps, DVM, PHD
Diplomate ACVS and ACVSMR



After being given the research paper to review, I came to the conclusion that Equiotic's equine derived L. reuteri was an innovative approach not yet seen in equine veterinary medicine.  L. reuteri is a very powerful bacteria that has proven to me over and over again that it is effective. I have used Equiotic in my practice since 2012 with consistent, positive results.

President, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Bill Bernard, DVM

Equine Lactobacillus reuteri (ELR) is the policeman of the GI trac. It is one of the principle ingredients in EquiOtic.

ELR polices the gastrointestinal tract in three ways:
1. ELR’s position on the mucosal surface “competitively inhibits” the attachment of pathogens such as salmonella.
2. ELR secrets reuterin, an antimicrobial which kills pathogens.
3. ELR communicates with intestinal dendritic cells in the host organism to modulate the immune system.

The gastrointestinal tract of the healthy horse contains more numbers of bacteria than there are numbers of cells in the body of the horse. GI disease is one of the major problem areas in horse health care. The GI tract is a constant battleground.

The normal population struggles to maintain homeostasis against invaders preventing detrimental changes to the normal population. Daily support of this process through the introduction of beneficial bacteria is warranted. We vaccinate and deworm horses to prevent disease.

Why not also include an immunoprobiotic in our treatment arsenal?

EquiOtic™ is that proven addition to the practice of preventative care in healthy horses.
EquiOtic™ provides an innovative approach to gastro intestinal disease and prevention. There is science to support its use against the major equine GI pathogens, salmonella , clostridia and Rota virus1. There are equine studies supporting its use.

Gastrointestinal Tract

Gastrointestinal Tract

Equine-sourced Lactobacillus reuteri resides on the mucosa policing the local population while interacting with the host immune system. Saccharomyces boulardii maintains a favorable environmental pH and influences clostridial pathogens.

EquiOtic contains the requisite numbers of both organisms to promote healthy GI lora.

In addition, specially designed packaging produces a shelf life that insures viability to the end user.

Original research: Salmonella Antimicrobial Activity of Selected Strains of Enterolactobacillus : Species Isolated from the Gastrointestinal Tract of the Horse William V. Bernard DVM, Manu Sebastian DVM, PhD, DipACVP, Dip ACVT,, Bruce Hemming PhD

Salmonella has been long recognized as a significant cause of equine disease, most commonly an enterocolitis. Salmonella is on increased concern in highly dense population of horses. Outbreaks have occurred at veterinary referral hospitals, breeding farms, racetracks, and other equine sporting events.

The primary mode of transmission of Salmonella is the fecal oral route. Acidity of the stomach forms the first level of host protection against potential disease. Organismas that survive the acidity of the stomach can cause the disease via invasion of intestinal epithelium and the production of exotoxin, endotoxin and/or cytotoxins.

Changes in intestinal contents or composition of nutrients can upregulate Salmonella pathogenicity. Numerous host factors play a role in development of disease. Risk factors for the development of disease include antibiotic therapy, feed restrictions, or dietary changes.

Probiotic can be defined as live commensal microbes administered orally in adequate amounts which are able to confer health effects on the host by improving its intestinal balance.

About EquiOtic™
EquiOtic™ polices the GI tract by regulating the surface bacteria with equine sourced Lactobacillus reuteri that is cultured from the horse for the horse. It has been shown to be effective in killing salmonella and other pathogens while keeping normal gut flora intact.